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Korean Air Takes Delivery of First Bombardier CS300 Aircraft

Korean Air has taken delivery of its first Bombardier CS300 aircraft.

The Seoul-based airline is the Asian launch customer for the C Series aircraft family.

Korean Air signed a firm order for 10 CS300 aircraft, with options for 10 and purchase rights for an additional 10, in 2011.

The aircraft can seat 127 passengers in a dual-class configuration with Premium Economy and Economy seating.

Korean Air CS300. Click to enlarge.

“This is a very important milestone for the C Series program because it is our breakthrough into the fast-growing Asian market, and we are honored to have Korean Air Lines as our brand ambassador in the region,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “We expect that over the next 20 years, Asian operators will take delivery of 2,870 small single-aisle aircraft. We are thrilled that Korean Air is the first in the region to showcase the CS300 aircraft’s outstanding performance and capabilities.” Executives from Korean Air and Bombardier and several hundred shop floor employees who build the C Series aircraft attended the delivery ceremony at the C Series production facility at Mirabel, Quebec.

“We have witnessed the C Series impressive first year in service, and are pleased to take delivery of our first Bombardier CS300 aircraft,” said Soo-Keun Lee, Chief Technology Officer, Korean Air Lines. “When we selected the aircraft in 2011, we knew it would be a great addition to our fleet. Today, it is the most efficient aircraft in its class, and its passenger comfort is outstanding. The CS300 aircraft will enable us to reinforce our regional single-aisle operations, while providing a high level of profitability and customer satisfaction. These are key drivers of our decision to acquire the Bombardier CS300, and we are looking forward integrating it to our fleet.”

Korean Air’s  CS300 is powered by Pratt & Whitney engines. 

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